Akiharu Hino has been living with his uncle since he lost his parents, but when he notices his uncle is after his parents' money, he decides to attend Hakureiryou High, a school training the young ladies of tomorrow. They've recently added a new section for butlers and maids. It's this section that Akiharu will be joining. On his first day, he runs into onto Sernia Flameheart, a drill-haired girl who lives up to her name and his childhood friend/tormentor Tomomi, whose mother has since remarried. Throw in a clumsy maid and a crossdressing butler, and the stage is set.Based on a series of light novels, the show aired in the winter of 2010.
Tropes in Ladies versus Butlers! include:
Accidental Marriage — After yet another accidental pervert moment with Ayse Khadim, Akiharu finds that he has to consummate a marriage he doesn't want. There is a loophole, but Tomomi and Hedyeh deliberately hold it back, albeit for different reasons.
Tomomi's reason is obviously to see Akiharu suffer for her own fun.
Hedyeh's reason is she knows that Ayse really does love Akiharu.
Butt Monkey — Shingo, the taller of the Two Guys, always finds himself in the center of misfortune. Some of which were meant for Akiharu.
Can't Hold His Liquor — Akiharu, who can get drunk just off of a single liquor-spiked chocolate. This causes him to become....daring.
Chess Master — Tomomi just needs to say a few easily-misinterpreted words and you're going to be doing her bidding whether you know it or not. see Magnificent Bastard below.
Chinese Girl — Suiran Fou, though it only comes up a few times.
It's pretty heavily exaggerated in the manga, however, wherein Fou's first appearance involves a Chinese dress and Odango Hair. See for yourself.
Cloudcuckoolander — A good portion of the cast, though the one that comes to mind the most is Saori.
Color Failure — happens to Sernia in episode 3, when she finds out that Akiharu already got a card.
Covert Pervert — Sernia's mind always jumps to the worst conclusions. This is helpful in one case, where she knows exactly where couples are likely to be having sex in the school. This became more understandable when you see how not-so-covert her father and maids are.
Crazy-Prepared — As a butler or maid you must be prepared to serve your future masters in various ways from waiting on them hand and foot, help save them from drowning, to help save them from drowning while fighting off enemy guerillas....
Dark-Skinned Blond — Hedyeh, with Ayse being a white-haired girl. Both of them are from an unspecified Middle Eastern country.
Date Peepers — Sernia (and by extension, the Shikikagami sisters, Pina, and Mimina) for episode nine.
A Date with Rosie Palms — Very loudly and publicly declared by Shingo in the middle of the classroom after looking at a photo spread by the main girls.
Delinquents — Akiharu averts this despite his scar, face, and hair helping him look the part, but try telling that to the girls.
Didn't See That Coming — For all her Chess Master-caliber intuition and planning skills, Tomomi apparently never seriously considered the possibility that Akiharu and Sernia might grow to like each other. Also, she apparently never realized that Aki once had a crush on her until the guy said it himself.
Does Not Like Men — A good chunk of the girls at the school do not like Akiharu due to his appearence.
Well, that and the epic string of Accidental Pervert moments he had when he first arrived.
Actually, most girls fainted at first sight of him well before thinking of him as a pervert.
If you think about it, the school was an all-girl's academy prior to the start of the series. Then they added on the Servant-Ed Program for Maids and Butlers as well as allowing the enrollment of male Upper-Ed students. I'm sure some of the girls long for the good old days...
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Episode 4 has Akiharu tied up and whimpering "stop" while a girl who already knows he doesn't want to marry her undresses him. All played for laughs of course.
Expressive Hair — When Sernia is annoyed, her drill-curls will sometimes flap around in tandem with her speech. When she's REALLY steamed, they'll start spinning (with appropriate sound effects). The ribbons in Osawa's hair also have a habit of going dead straight from the side of her head when she's upset in some way.
Fanservice: Take a shot everytime you see it. Your liver'll be shot within five minutes.
Face of a Thug: A mild version, though it's more noticeable in the manga. Either way, the scar on his face has tendancy to immediately lead others to mistrust him.
Fan Nickname — Due to the emphasis the show has on Ecchi material, some fans have taken to referring to Sernia as "Drilltits" and Tomomi as "Trolltits." Other female characters have been given similar (though less popular) -tits nicknames.
Gag Boobs — In episode 5, when Sanae trips once again falling onto Akiharu, dessert from his tray lands on Sernia's chest. And it was standing. Even lampshaded by both Tomomi and Akiharu.
Gainaxing — Even the modestly-endowed Tomomi bounces every now and then.
Girlish Pigtails — Pina. Also Sernia (of the drill-variety) and Sanae (of the braid variety).
Shameless Fanservice Girl might be the more accurate title for Saori, depending on how you interpret her. Consider this line that Sanae gives us from episode 2/manga chapter 4:
Sanae(After falling on top of Akiharu while trying to wash his back and being told to get off): "But my sister told me that once a girl takes the mount position, she can't get off until she's finished with what she needs to do!"
James Bondage — Akiharu is kidnapped by Hedyeh and tied up for sexy reasons.
And saying the right thing at the right time to Sernia just to watch her twitch doesn't count?
Of course it does.
Meaningful Name — You might think Sernia merely has a kickass name at first until you remember she's the Tsundere so her name fits her very well. Saikyo also means "the strongest," in Japanese, so it's fitting that it's Saikyo's style to always win.
Ninja — Although not stated outright Mikan-sensei fills this trope pretty well checklist: throwning pens like shurikens? check, appearing at anygiven moment without notice? check, scares the crap outta everyone? check.
Not a Date — Akiharu and Tomomi had one. The reason? She wanted to know whether she really had feeling for him or not. In the end, she concluded that she doesn't, until he confessed that he liked her when they were little, at which her face turned very red. Luckily for her, Aki didn't notice.
Recent events suggests that he's probably still traumatized from the past experiences with Tomomi when they were kids. Just look at his words when the guys tried to help Daichi about romance.
Went Up to Eleven in the ending where Akiharu gave Sernia the ticket since she won. He then give the other ticket to Tomomi. Cue Armor-Piercing Slap FROM THE BOTH OF THEM. And you thought Natsuru was bad...
The guy didn't even consider using the waterpark ticket to ask a girl out on a date, let alone Sernia or Tomomi. In order, the people he ponders inviting are: one of the guys, Mimina, and the Shikikagami sisters.
Occidental Otaku — Pina Sformklan Estor, princess of a small island nation, is a fan of all things anime. Apparently, so is the majority of her countrymen. She's also a Cosplay Otaku Girl.
Ojou — Half the school, and the two leading ladies.
Spell My Name with an S — [S/C]e[l/r]nia F[l/r]ameh(e)art. "Sernia Flameheart" is the official spelling. Also Ayse/Aisyah.
Stern Teacher — Mikan-sensei is this to her students. And to the principal as well.
Sweet on Polly Oliver — Averted in the anime, but in the manga, Akiharu has one of these moments towards Kaoru:
Akiharu: He's unexpectedly handsome... he seems almost timid. Maybe if he was wearing some female clothing- WHAT AM I THINKING?!
Take That — Around the time the disc releases were being prepped there was a Moral Guardian wannabe railing against fanservicey TV shows; one of the on-disc extras, which are all fanservice just short of porn, ended with text specifically calling that person out, lawyer-friendly censor blips aside.
Theme Tune Cameo — Tomomi in the Karaoke Box in episode nine. What's weird is not so much that the karaoke parlor has the opening music, but that it also has the opening video. Who's spying on Akiharu?
More than that, why don't Akiharu and Tomomi notice this?
Those Two Guys — Shingo and Mitsuru, Akiharu's friends in the servant class.
Two-Teacher School — Mikan and Principal Kaede are the only faculty members that are ever seen, and the former is the only we've seen teaching.
Unknown Rival — Sernia and Tomomi to each other. To clarify, Sernia hates Tomomi because she gets better grades than Sernia and mocks her about it, while Tomomi hates Sernia because of her massive Gainaxing (seriously, take a look at how friggin huge they are). And now they're both hoping to win Akiharu's affections.
Unlucky Childhood Friend — It's not conclusive yet, but the relationship between Tomomi and Akiharu is currently less than romantic...